Global obesity report: Big food should lose its seat at the table

Global obesity report: Big food should lose its seat at the table

A 43-member expert commission appointed by the journal The Lancet took a three-year look at climbing global obesity and undernutrition rates and attempts to propose solutions to this growing world-wide crisis. The commission’s report, published on Sunday, is a long read — 47 single-spaced pages. The full text is available to all for free if you sign in to The Lancet’s site at the link in the article.

The report title begs the question: What is a syndemic? Think “synergistic epidemics,” or epidemics that occur at the same time and feed off of one another to make the problem worse. The commission was originally charged with looking at obesity alone, but expanded the scope of its report to include the connected problems of obesity, undernutrition and climate change, a daunting and interconnected trio.

But where the authors seem to get more specific is when they point to the food and beverage industries as part of the problem. One recommendation reads: "Reduce the influence of large commercial interests in the public policy development process to enable governments to implement policies in the public interest to improve the health of current and future generations, the environment, and the planet."

Translation? The food industry has too much influence over global public-health policies and it needs to be excluded when policymakers are deciding what is best for population health.

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Global obesity report: Big food should lose its seat at the table
A 43-member expert commission appointed by the journal The Lancet took a three-year look at climbing global obesity and undernutrition rates and attempts to propose solutions to this growing world-wide crisis. The commission's report, published on Sunday, is a long read — 47 single-spaced pages.

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